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For years, we have been told to use sunscreen and cover up in the summer, and that too much sun exposure is bad for our health. While this is true, what a lot of people don’t realize is that in moderation sunshine is good for us.
Have you ever felt sad, down or depressed during the winter months? If so, there’s a chance that you were suffering from SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, especially in Alaska with our long dark winters. The lack of sunlight during the winter can actually impair your mood, disrupting your sleep pattern, and impairing your cognitive function too.
In addition, your body needs sunlight to make vitamin D. You can take in some vitamin D through your diet, but if you get 15-20 minutes of sunlight during the day, that will help your body to make enough of this essential vitamin of its own accord.
Waking up to the morning sun, and then going to sleep when it gets dark is a normal sleep pattern for our bodies. We struggle so much to sleep these days because we often find that we need to wake up when it’s still dark, then we spend time in rooms with artificial lighting, looking at computer screens that give off glows which confuse our internal body clocks, so our brains don’t know when to secrete the hormones that are associated with wakefulness or with sleep.
That’s why taking some time away from the computer screen is so beneficial, and why spending a bit of time going for a walk in the sun will cheer us up and make us feel better.
Getting some sunshine, for a few minutes each day, can help to reduce the appearance of acne, give you healthy looking skin (a full tan is not necessarily a sign of ‘health’, and deliberate tanning can be harmful, but some exposure to the sun is beneficial), and also provide the vitamin D producing-benefits previously mentioned. Vitamin D helps your body to absorb calcium, which means that indirectly, getting some sunshine each day will help to improve the health of your teeth and bones. This is beneficial for anyone, but particularly so if you are concerned about the possibility of developing osteoporosis in later life.
So, take a moment during your lunch break to go outside and walk around the parking lot. Open your windows at home, sit out in the garden sometimes, and enjoy nature’s best, free mood boost. If you need to check out the daylight hours in Alaska, you can also use this handy little calculator.
An annual physical examination is one of the best ways to get peace of mind about your health. It is a means of reviewing your current medical health and is often beneficial in finding out whether or not you are developing any new ailments. Below are some of the other major benefits of a yearly checkup, as well as some of the things you should do before going for one.
During your yearly physical examination your doctor will check your weight, cholesterol and blood pressure. When you check these yearly it is easy to monitor any change in the numbers, since a change in weight, cholesterol or blood pressure can have a negative impact on your overall health.
Your annual checkup is a great time to review you diet and exercise plan with your doctor. It is also a good time to develop a diet and exercise plan if you do not already have one. During your yearly checkup you can get your vaccinations done. Adults do not need to be vaccinated as regularly as children but you still need to keep your vaccinations current, so go ahead and have any outdated vaccines done during your health checkup, especially if you have young children who are susceptible to contagious diseases.
Your yearly checkup is also the best time to get your flu shot. You might want to consider scheduling your checkup to coincide with the flu season so that you can get a flu shot the same time that you get a full physical.
Try to visit the same doctor for your yearly checkup if possible. This approach keeps all of your health information in the same place at all times. It also means that you will have a doctor who is familiar with your health issues in case you develop a serious illness.
Before you go for your physical you should put together a list of all your current health concerns and make a list of all the medications you are currently taking. If you are going to see a new doctor it is good to have a copy of your previous health records available so that your doctor can get a clearer picture of your health throughout the years.
With all the benefits that can be gained from getting a regular checkup it is always a good idea to make one a routine part of your yearly activities. Along with your regular checkup, getting a full body analysis from the Healing Therapeutics Health and Wellness Clinic in Anchorage, AK is a necessity, at least for me. I have been getting these body analysis for several years now and they work wonders. At the clinic, Dr. Mark Stewart thoroughly examines what makes your body, – your body. He can determine what foods, exercise, and/or supplements will work best for your body. We are all different at the end of the day and finding out what’s best for your body is essential.
South Peninsula Hospital was the site of an emergency disaster preparedness drill on March 19, 20 and 21 in Homer. The scenario,a disaster which caused increased patient surge and a damaged facility. The three-day event exercised the hospital’s emergency management plan, evacuation plan, and employee/community readiness. The exercise included a mass casualty, mass fatality, partial evacuation, and the creation of an alternate care site. Many were involved. (This excerpt was copied and modified from the SPH website)
Health Matters: Insurance Coverage for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Health care matters to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Members of federally recognized tribes can enroll anytime for insurance, Medicaid, and CHIP. Marketplace coverage can be free or low-cost and protects people from being overwhelmed by costly hospital stays and out-of-pocket costs. A Native comic, actor, track and field star, bull rider, jingle dress dancer, storyteller, and singer-songwriter describe why health coverage is important to them when it comes to family, injury, women’s health, diabetes care, and prescription coverage.
The video features:
• Tlingit/Cherokee storyteller Gene Tagaban
• Colville/Salish-Kootenai/Cherokee actor Kim Guerrero
• Northern Cheyenne/Blackfeet champion bull rider Dakota Louis
• Nez Perce musician Julia Keefe
• Menominee/Seminole stand-up comic Mitch Factor
• Cherokee runner Jamie Loy
• Umatilla champion jingle dress dancer Acosia Red Elk
Sign-up today at www.healthcare.gov/tribal
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South Central Alaska Public Health Nurse Recruitment
Public health nursing is contributing every day to the improvement of the health of Alaskans and their families. Nurses work with communities to solve public health concerns and to create community solutions that will improve the health of all Alaskans in the years to come. There are many challenges in public health in Alaska — and you can help public health nursing to be ready for them!
Learn more about State of Alaska’s Section of Public Health Nursing at hss.state.ak.us/dph/nursing/.
If you are seeking State of Alaska public health nursing careers, please visit workplace.alaska.gov.
Center for Alaska Native Health Research. We embrace a collaborative research model while working with Alaska Native communities, organizations and individuals. At every stage of CANHR research, faculty and staff work with tribal groups and health care agencies to frame research questions, develop methodologies and procedures, and to interpret and apply data to prevetion and treatment. www.uaf.edu/canhr/